Building information modeling

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Building information modeling

The physical and functional characteristics are set forth in a relational database format rather than in traditional drawings. BIM data reside inside the objects of building components and products, which are assembled and configured to produce a virtual model of the building. These objects contain highly accurate geometric data such as spatial coordination and a clash detection system, where interferences are identified virtually and corrected before causing expensive field changes. A BIM object also contains a variety of relevant nongraphical data, such as material strength, insulation value, finish, surface reflectivity, light transmission, or fire rating. They also carry links to other associated documentation such as technical data, warranty, and maintenance information.

generic objects

Carries geometric and nongraphical data representing the functional need but does not carry specific information that a manufacturer’s product model does.


Contain different types of BIM content, related to the characteristics and installed use of the products and materials they represent.

parametric objects

BIM data available from building products manufacturers in a variety of configurations, heights, widths, thicknesses, materials finishes, hardware options, fire ratings, and energy and sound transmission.

proprietary objects

Represents a specific manufacturers’ product with its particular specifications and functional characteristics.
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A synopsis of the handbook of research on building information modeling. In Proceedings of CIB 2010 World Building Congress (pp.
Architect Epstein provides a detailed explanation of the primary elements of building information modeling (BIM), an increasingly popular system for generating and managing information about buildings over the course of their life cycle.
Turner created the plans which show the locations of site fencing, perimeter protection, cranes, hoists and other equipment and materials using detailed Building Information Modeling tools, and submitted them to the Department of Buildings electronically in both 3D and 2D formats.
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Handbook of research on building information modeling and construction informatics; concepts and technologies.
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is transforming the A/E/C industry.
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They also want to share their experience with these formats and further develop them to strengthen the Building Information Modeling (BIM) community and to develop BIM into an industry standard process.
Building Information Modeling is labeled as "one of the most exciting developments in the construction industry and is changing the way projects are built."

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